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Architectural Technology is Hudson Valley Community College’s Newest Academic Program

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, July 16, 2007

The path toward a career in architecture can now start at Hudson Valley Community College.

Beginning this fall, Hudson Valley will offer a two-year associate’s degree in Architecture Technology, which will prepare students for immediate positions in the architectural field or allow them to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree and become a licensed architect.

The program builds upon a core of electives that have long been offered through the college’s Civil Engineering Technology program. The new Architectural Technology curriculum emphasizes the creation of detailed residential and commercial construction drawings, rendering and designing of a variety of building types, computer generated design and an understanding of building methods, materials and cost estimating procedures.

“Graduates of the Architectural Technology program will have many employment opportunities. They’ll be qualified to work in architectural design and planning firms, development corporations, construction companies and other similar firms,” said Dr. Christine LaPlante, chairperson of the Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department.

The Fall 2007 semester begins Monday, Aug. 27. For more information about the Architectural Technology associate’s degree program, contact Dr. LaPlante at (518) 629-7355.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate’s degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.